The Odyssey of Guaiac

Moeller, Donald D.
March 1984
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Mar1984, Vol. 79 Issue 3, p236
Academic Journal
The history of guaiac is outlined herein. Guaiac owes its existence as a chemical to a rumor that it had antisyphilitic healing powers in the early 16th century. Guaiac was either the drug of choice or second drug of choice for therapy of syphilis for 200 years. Van Deen discovered its property of detecting occult blood in 1864.


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